Feb 7 2021

My Cup Runneth Over

My Cup Runneth Over Throughout my life, I loved hearing stories from my father about growing up during the depression years of the 1930s. Both my father and his brother Rhody have been great influences in my life.  They grew up in the small Southeastern Utah town of Emery.  Many a hot summer day of…

Jan 18 2021

Galivanting Chickens

Allow me to first apologize for the following post. It came as a result of sheer boredom on my part from a simple task of retrieving eggs from the refrigerator so that Annette could make some cookies this evening. As I took the eggs out of the refrigerator, the first thing that caught my eye…

Jan 18 2021

My Life as a Sampler

I had an experience recently that gave me an opportunity to reflect and reconsider. My “assignment” was to bring three bottles of maple syrup to the Road Home, a homeless shelter in Midvale, Utah by 8:00 a.m. on a Saturday morning. The professional organization that I belong to serves the homeless breakfast a few times…

Jan 1 2021

Today begins not only a new year, but the dawning of a new era…

Today begins not only a new year, but the dawning of a new era…with at least one new imposed change I don’t look forward to. For decades, part of my daily ritual was to read the daily edition of the Deseret News. In the late 1960s, as a young boy, my father introduced me to…

Jul 25 2020

A Day of Endurance and Lessons

July 24th, 2008 came early, yet the day was filled with anticipation and excitement.  Up at 3:30 a.m., a quick shower and breakfast, and off to Salt Lake City for what would prove to be a grouling morning of human endurance.  This day would ironically be seen later as a day of symbolism and undeniable determination as…

May 14 2020

Thoughts On Meditation

by Andy Puddicombe What is the difference between mediating and thinking? It always surprises me how often meditating and thinking are used interchangeably, when in fact they describe two remarkably different things. There are many different ways to approach this question, but the one I have always found to resonate most is the Japanese Zen…

May 14 2020

Thoughts On Inperfection

By Karson McGinley im·per·fec·tion / impərˈfekSH(ə)n/: the state of being faulty or incomplete. Have you ever wondered if there was such a strong epidemic of perfectionism before the rise of the Internet and social media? When you couldn’t see how well everyone else was supposedly doing—how perfect their made-from-scratch dinners look, how pristine their living…

May 14 2020

How To Believe In Yourself

When I first thought of this question, I honestly didn’t know how to answer it. I always assumed that one was born with self-belief, and if you didn’t have it, you were probably never going to get it. What I failed to realize is that self-belief is a skill. It is a skill just like…

May 14 2020

Thoughts On Becoming

We have all had various experiences that have had a significant affect on who we are. What I’ve noticed over time is that it’s not so much the experience itself that is important, but the meaning we assign to the experience. What is the story we tell ourselves about that experience? That’s what affects who…